Dr. Roberta Golinkoff To Be The Keynote For The Art and Science of Play: An Early Childhood Symposium

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Dr. Roberta Golinkoff To Be The Keynote For

The Art and Science of Play: An Early Childhood Symposium

January 3-5, 2013

BETHESDA, MD – The American Alliance of Theatre and Education (AATE) and Imagination Stage are teaming up to present a two-day early childhood symposium. It will be held from Friday, January 3-Sunday, January 5, 2014. The symposium will offer the opportunity for creative exploration and practical application in the realm of early childhood theatre. The weekend includes a dynamic research panel that shares and validates the research being done on the powerful impact that participation in the arts has on a child’s development. Additionally, the symposium includes opportunities for teaching artists and theatre professionals to engage in creative drama and arts integration activities. Participants will also attend Imagination Stage’s production of Aquarium and engage in “hands on” post-performance sessions on a variety of techniques being used across the country to teach and create theatre for the very young.

The event will be headlined in a keynote address by Dr. Roberta Golinkoff , who is an expert on the importance of play and playful learning for children’s learning and education. Dr. Golinkoff is an award-winning author of 12 books and over a 150 professional articles on early childhood and infant development. She founded and directs the Infant Language Project, which investigates the acquisition of native languages in infants and toddlers. Dr. Golinkoff also  holds the Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair in the School of Education at the University of Delaware and is  a member of the Departments of Psychology and Linguistics and Cognitive Science.

To register for the early childhood symposium, go to www.aate.com/ecs.  The early bird cost is $85 for Student/Retired, $125 AATE Member, $145 Non-Member, early bird rates end on Friday, November 15th. The regular rates after the early bird are: $95 for Student/Retired, $135 AATE Member, $155 Non Member. For more information, call (301) 200-1944.


 The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), among the most recognized arts education organizations, works to ensure that every young person experiences quality theatre arts in their lives provided by proficient, talented artists and educators. Based in Bethesda, MD, AATE continues to advocate for arts education, serving as a national co-sponsor of Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill and on the leadership team of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS). AATE co-authored the National Standards for Theatre Education K-12, sits on the Arts Education Partnership steering committee, the Arts Education National Advisory Council and serves on the editorial board of the Arts Education Policy Review.

Founded in 1979, Imagination Stage is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to produce theatre and arts education programs that nurture, challenge, and empower young people of all abilities. It offers year-round professional theatre for young audiences and classes in creative drama/acting, musical theatre, dance, and filmmaking for ages 1-18.

Contact: Alexis Truitt

(301) 200-1944


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